Brunch, Meet Sunshine

Our favorite outdoor brunches in SF

Springtime and sunshine call for an amazing outdoor brunch. Here, in no particular order, are our top ten in SF, any of which would make an excellent option for Mother's Day (hint, hint).

Foreign Cinema
Part of SF's brunch honor guard, thanks to fresh-baked pastries (including an infamous seasonal Pop-Tart-like pastry) and a killer raw bar. Oh, and that gorgeous atrium-like patio, of course.

El Techo de Lolinda
The rooftop portion of Argentinian steakhouse Lolinda is always fun. Feast on its iteration of eggs benedict (with jalapeño cornbread and chorizo) along with a margarita or a Paloma--both available in pitcher form.

Central Kitchen
The beautiful space shines in daylight and the thoughtful brunch menu has an answer for a wide range of cravings (delicate hamachi crudo, a heart-stopping fried chicken Benedict).

The back patio is made for leisurely meals, like a chorizo pizza topped with runny-yolked eggs, accompanied by glasses of Prosecco.

The Tipsy Pig
This Chestnut Street pub gets rowdy in the evening, but midday is the perfect time to soak up the sun and enjoy hearty brunch fare (bacon and cheddar breakfast sandwich, anyone?) in its charming outside space.

Show up early to secure a spot in the attractive garden at this Cole Valley staple. Perfectly executed Croque Royales, omelets and the rich cream cheese coffee cake are worth the wait.

Universal Cafe
Flavorful organic fare, a sun-soaked seating area and ridiculously good house-made English muffin egg sandwiches.

Arlequin Cafe
One of the city's best back gardens. Nibble on dangerously good brioche doughnuts or pretzel croissants paired with a bottle of rosé from the wine shop.

The Ramp
The food's so-so, but the atmosphere at the all-outdoor restaurant is hard to beat. Keep things classic with hearty scrambles and omelets or a satisfying burger.

Il Cane Rosso
There's no shortage of Bay-facing outdoor seating around the Ferry Building, but we love this brunch menu. The olive oil fried egg sandwich is fantastic.

Foreign Cinema 2534 Mission St. San Francisco CA 94110 415-648-7600 El Techo de Lolinda 2518 Mission St. San Francisco CA 94110 415-550-6970 Central Kitchen 3000 20th St. San Francisco CA 94110 415-826-7004 Starbelly 3583 16th St. San Francisco CA 94114 415-252-7500 The Tipsy Pig 2231 Chestnut St. San Francisco CA 94109 415-292-2300 Zazie 941 Cole St. San Francisco CA 94117 415-564-5332 Universal Cafe 2814 19th St. San Francisco CA 94110 415-821-4608 Arlequin Cafe 384 Hayes St. San Francisco CA 94102 415-626-1211 The Ramp 855 Terry A. Francois Blvd. San Franscisco CA 94158 415-621-2378 Il Cane Rosso 1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg. San Francisco CA 94111 415-391-7599


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